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Live from the Indigenous Media Zone (2018)

Indigenous peoples have their say this week.

April 16-20 the Indigenous Media Zone will feature Facebook Live conversations online http://facebook.com/joinundesa

Hashtags: #WeAreIndigenous, #SomosIndigenas, #UNPFII17

The live chats coincide with the start of the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which takes place through April 27.


Monday – Safety of Indigenous journalists
Estamos en vivo desde la zona de medios de comunicación indígenas! Sigue la conversación en “Desafíos para los medios comunitarios indígenas y la seguridad de los periodistas en América Latina” con los participantes Nati Garcia (Panama), Avexnim Cojti (Guatemala), and Bia’ni Madsa’ Juárez Lopez (Mexico). Moderado por Mark Camp.

Tuesday – Indigenous water action
Our panel of experts and activists joins us live from the Indigenous Media Zone at UN Headquarters in New York now to discuss a decade of water action, making #EveryDrop count! Joining us are: Wakinyan LaPointe (Sicangu Lakota), Mni Ki Wakan Co-Convener; Leanne Burney, UN Water; and Nancy Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota), Tawacin Tanka President/CEO. The discussion is moderated by Arnold Blackstar, Nehiyawak Cree, Canada

Mni Ki Wakan: World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water Summit

Wednesday – Indigenous youth and SDGs
This time, we’re honing in on indigenous youth and the Sustainable Development Goals! Hear from our young experts: Q”apaj Conde, Global Indigenous Youth Caucus (Latin America), Qivioq Nivi Løvstrøm (Arctic), and Victor Lopez-Carmen (North America); moderated by Andrea Ixchiu (K’iche Guatemala).

Thursday – Conversation with Indigenous experts
Joining us today are Albert Barume, Chair of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo and Inka Saara Arttijeff, Sami Parliament, Finland.

Friday – Rights of Indigenous peoples


  • What is the Indigenous Media Zone?
  • What times are the live videos?
  • What are the recommended Indigenous accounts to follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube?
  • Are there other recommended live and recorded videos on Facebook, Periscope and YouTube?
  • Is anyone curating relevant Twitter moments? Publishing recaps?
  • In the poster, is Muse Mohammed the man pictured or the photographer?
  • What is the hashtag for the 2019, the International Year of Indigenous Languages?
  • Any suggestions on how to improve Indigenous tourism?
  • For those of us who are not Indigenous, how to we support #WeAreIndigenous?

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UN DESA has helped countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental challenges for more than 50 years.



On the research and analytical front, DESA’s top priority is to maximize the impact of its flagship publications and major intergovernmental reports on national and international policy-making. Every year, DESA prepares some 300 documents and 300 publications that analyze a wide range of development issues, which are distributed in print and electronic format around the world. In the year 2000, United Nations Member states agreed to 8 Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015, with the global progress monitored by DESA in its annual Millennium Development Goals Report, as well as the Report of the MDG Gap Task Force.

On the normative side, DESA supports intergovernmental dialogue and consensus building on global issues. It has supported more than 35 major summits and conferences since 1990 on issues ranging from sustainable development and the advancement of women to the global economic crisis, financing for development and the ageing of the global population.

DESA’s operational work is aimed at developing capacities of countries to translate internationally agreed policy frameworks into strategies and programmes at country-level. The internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals provide the main framework for DESA’s international development cooperation.

DESA’s assistance is delivered through specialized advisory services of national and international experts; training; diffusion of knowledge through expert groups, and knowledge platforms that provide access to analytical reports/studies, best practices, and other learning materials. DESA manages the UN Development Account (a capacity development program of the UN Secretariat).


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